One of the Nine Satanic Sins is cited as “forgetfulness of past orthodoxies”, which is stated as such:
“Be aware that this is one of the keys to brainwashing people into accepting something new and different, when in reality it’s something that was once widely accepted but is now presented in a new package. We are expected to rave about the genius of the creator and forget the original. This makes for a disposable society.”
It basically refers to the folly of accepting something old as something new. The way I see it though, I think forgetfulness of past orthodoxies can also refer to something else: accepting something new as something old.
This is something I see Christianity, or at least just some churches, as being guilty of in the modern age. Think about it: Christians know their beliefs are losing face and relevance in the modern age as people continue to doubt their beliefs, and the scandals of the church and the outrageous activities and statements of fundamentalists certainly didn’t help. Thus, there’s been an increasing tendency among the Christian faith to deny its past beliefs and to promote a more modern Christianity as the old beliefs. It might just be me who sees this, but I feel it’s a serious folly on top of being a way to brainwash each new generation into the Christian faith by pretending the new beliefs are the old beliefs. Same people even claim the Christian God doesn’t want war or death, when those things are clearly a part of his apparent plan for the world and no fluffy bunny version of Christianity can change the fact that even the Bible states this.
This forgetfulness of past orthodoxies on the part of the Christians doesn’t phase me, and it will not convince me anything other than that the faith is desperate to maintain its place in society instead of transforming into something new.